Paul Newman

Paul Leonard Newman ( 1925-2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. He won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing.

Medic has obtained the military records of Paul Newman from the National Personnel Records Center and can be viewed here: Service Documents; Record Book; Medical Records; Photographs; Reference Correspondence.

Newman enrolled in the Navy V-12 program at Yale University in 1943, hoping to train as a pilot, but was dropped when it was learned he was color blind.  After boot camp he trained as a radioman and gunner. During World War II Newman served as a rear-seat radioman and gunner in torpedo bombers.

In 1944, Aviation Radioman Third Class Newman was assigned to Pacific-based replacement torpedo squadrons which trained replacement pilots and combat air crewmen, placing particular importance on carrier landings. He later flew from aircraft carriers as a turret gunner in an Avenger torpedo bomber.  In 1945, as a radioman-gunner, he was sent to the USS Bunker Hill with a group of replacements shortly before the Battle of Okinawa. His life was spared when his pilot developed an ear infection and could not fly bomber missions. The other replacements were killed in action.  Newman’s decorations included the American Area Campaign medal, the Good Conduct medal, and the World War II Victory medal.

Later in life Paul Newman co-founded Newman’s Own, a food company from which he donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of 2013, these donations exceeded $380 million. He was also a co-founder of Safe Water Network, a nonprofit that develops sustainable drinking water solutions for those in need. In 1988, Newman founded the Serious Fun Children’s Network, a global family of camps and programs for children with serious illness which has served 290,076 children since its inception.  He was married to the actress Johanna Woodward for fifty years.